UK child poverty plans criticised

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According to a watchdog, child poverty plans in Britain are “doomed” to fail as 3.5 million children will be in poverty by 2020.

child povertyThe Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission have said that the government’s draft strategy for the next three years is a “missed opportunity”, and urged politicians to work together, reported the BBC.

Alan Milburn, chairman, Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission said that the draft of the child poverty strategy was a “missed opportunity” and “farce”.

The child poverty promise – which includes a pledge to cut the number of children in relative poverty to 10% by 2020 – was enshrined in law in 2010, the BBC reported.

Further he maintained that child poverty was “not just an issue” for the present government

Hee said, child poverty was “not just an issue” for the current government.

As per the research, it would need “big increases” in the working hours of families in poverty which were “implausible”, and “far more ambitious” than had been achieved in the UK or “anywhere else in the world”.

It also criticised for the lack of clear measures to assess progress and absence of a proper plan highlighting what needed to happen to jobs, wages and benefits to ensure poverty went down.

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